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. October 31, 2019.

No, you’re not seeing things. That is Bob Ross’ face on signs all over Michigan’s state parks, specifically to promote and rebrand the state’s “prison grow” program to plant new trees with the image and catchphrase of the beloved late PBS painter. For the better part of a decade, inmates at the Michigan Department of Correction have raised saplings into young trees that volunteers then replant around the state. The renaming of the program was organized as part of the celebration of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ 100th anniversary. Volunteers, who help in the planting of new trees, will receive a free “Happy Little Trees” t-shirt Interested? Of course, you are! Visit michigan.gov/dnr and search “happy little trees” to register!

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